An international 3-day meeting in which participants discussed geodynamic and multidisciplinary topics related to the evolution of the Scotia Arc was held at the Andalucía Institute of Earth Sciences (Spanish Research Council (CSIC)/University of Granada (UGR)) in Granada, Spain. The Scotia Arc encompasses southern South America, the Antarctic Peninsula, and the intervening part of the Southern Ocean including the South Georgia and South Orkney crustal blocks and the volcanically active South Sandwich Arc. It is a region of critical importance because of its role as a developing ocean gateway during Eocene-Miocene times and because of its impact on global ocean circulation, with possible importance for Paleogene-Neogene paleoenvironmental change, early phases of development of Antarctic ice sheets, gene flow, and resulting biodiversity.
Ocean City High SchoolOcean City and Upper Township school officials are exchanging harsh words over what one district claims is a violation of the sending-receiving agreement for Ocean City High School.In the latest salvo, both sides have released public statements that suggest any resolution of an ongoing legal battle will be difficult.The Ocean City Board of Education said in a Dec. 27 press release that it is “appalled and deeply disappointed” by Upper Township’s efforts to get New Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe to intervene in the conflict.Upper Township’s Board of Education responded with its own statement Dec. 31 criticizing Ocean City school officials for “disingenuous attempts” to shift blame to Upper Township.Brewing for months, the dispute erupted Dec. 14 when Upper Township filed a petition with Hespe accusing Ocean City’s school board of deliberately excluding Upper’s representatives from its subcommittee meetings.The petition asks Hespe to rule that Ocean City’s board has violated the state law for sending-receiving districts and to stop it from “precluding” Upper’s representatives from the meetings.“Upper Township brings this action to remedy Ocean City’s knowing and purposeful violation of the law and purposeful exclusion of Upper Township representatives on the Ocean City Board from their full participation as members of the Ocean City Board,” Upper said in its statement.Ocean City’s school board denied the allegations. In its press release, it called Upper’s petition “baseless and frivolous.”“We are appalled and deeply disappointed at this action by the Upper Township Board of Education,” said Joseph Clark, president of the Ocean City board. “Members of the Upper Township Board of Education have been given every opportunity to attend and to be a part of all committees for which they are eligible members.”In related action, Ocean City filed a formal response to Upper’s petition with Hespe’s office last week. In it, Ocean City denies Upper’s claim that it conducted secret meetings. It also states that Upper’s representatives to the Ocean City school board are free to attend every meeting, but in many cases they don’t bother to show up.“Attendance is poor. They’ve missed many meetings,” Mike Stanton, solicitor to the Ocean City Board of Education, said of Upper’s representatives.Upper responded that Ocean City’s board has mischaracterized the petition in hopes of deflecting attention away from “Ocean City’s violation of the law.”“Upper Township implores Ocean City to honor the law, its agreement and its mission to work with Upper Township so that Upper Township representatives may fully participate as members of the Ocean City Board for the benefit of all the children of Ocean City High School and the Ocean City and Upper Township school districts,” Upper’s statement said.Despite the strong rhetoric on both sides, Upper Schools Superintendent Vincent Palmieri raised the possibility of a settlement to end the litigation.“I’m hoping we can sit down, come together and air out some of the issues,” Palmieri said on Tuesday.Stanton said Ocean City remains puzzled by Upper’s petition. He believes the dispute could be resolved simply by having Upper’s representatives show up for school meetings.Upper Township sends its high school students to Ocean City because it does not have its own high school. Upper supplies Ocean City High School with 633 of its 1,256 students and will pay a budgeted $10.9 million in tuition this year, according to Ocean City School Business Administrator Tim Kelley.In its petition to Hespe, Upper attached copies of emails from Ocean City school board members that allegedly show that they scheduled their meetings and withheld information to prevent Upper representatives from attending all meetings.For instance, the petition claims that Jacqueline McAlister, chairwoman of the Ocean City school board’s curriculum subcommittee, held a meeting about the district’s School Choice program on Aug. 11, 2015, without Upper’s participation. McAllister sent an email to the Ocean City school board’s business administrator and the director of social services thanking them for attending the meeting.Clark, though, insisted in Ocean City’s press release that Upper representatives were not excluded from meetings. He said they have been granted “an unprecedented amount of participation, more than is actually required by law for the sending-receiving school relationship.”Clark urged Upper to end the dispute with Ocean City and to instead join forces.“We continue to implore the Upper Township Board of Education to stop the negative, hurtful remarks and tumultuous behavior towards the Ocean City Board of Education and work with us to lobby the state for a win-win solution for both the taxpayers and students of the districts that we serve,” Clark said.According to Clark, it appears the petition stems from Upper’s displeasure with Ocean City’s decision to limit the number of students in the School Choice program at Ocean City High School.He said the move, though unpopular, was made “absolutely necessary” by changes in state funding for the School Choice program and the possibility that the funding could be cut back or eliminated altogether.The program gives parents the option of enrolling their children in school districts outside of where they live at no extra cost. It is designed to give students access to better schools.However, in 2013 the New Jersey Department of Education capped enrollment in the program and denied new district applications.In response, Ocean City began limiting its participation to 31 seats for ninth-grade students who meet the district’s academic standards, the press release said.“We have been proactive about this program since 2010, when Ocean City decided to become a School Choice District,” Clark said. “We have learned the program from the inside out, and continue to push the state for clarification regarding the affected Choice students in the Upper Township schools.”Palmieri maintains that School Choice is a completely separate issue and did not influence Upper’s decision to file a petition with the state.“This petition has nothing to do with School Choice,” he said.Palmieri, however, expressed frustration that Ocean City is not admitting Upper students into the School Choice program, even though Upper’s students represent the majority of Ocean City High School’s pupils.In the most recent enrollment cycle, Upper sought to have only three of its graduating eighth graders admitted to the School Choice program at Ocean City High School, but was denied, Palmieri said.“We are dumbfounded why they are not willing to accept our Choice students. Not one,” he said.Clark told the school board at a recent meeting that no Upper Township student had even applied for the program.He said Upper Township’s issue should be with the state’s tier system that gives preference to students currently enrolled in their home district. He asked Upper Township to work together with Ocean City to lobby for change at the state level.See related letter to editor: School Choice Decision Balances Needs of Students, District, Taxpayers
Ken McMeikan, the chief executive of Greggs, has accused the Chancellor of having “lost touch” – after he admitted he could not remember the last time he bought a pasty from the high street BB75 baker.Osborne was left squirming when he was asked about his purchases in Greggs in parliament yesterday.His shock admission comes as the British Baker petition for the government to look again at the decision to slap VAT on freshly baked pasties and pies went live on the Number 10 website.To signal your displeasure, sign the online petition at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32044 or can visit our Facebook campaign page at http://www.facebook.com/saynotopietax.McMeikan said ministers did not appreciate the impact changes to VAT rules would have on ordinary people. The high street chain saw millions wiped off its shares after the Budget closed a loophole that has meant some hot takeaway foods, such as sausage rolls and pasties, escaped the duty.Speaking on BBC2’s Newsnight, McMeikan said he feared the changes would seriously damage the industry and cause job losses. “I think to a degree they have lost touch with the issue here – that for ordinary, hard-working families putting 20% on to a product that is freshly baked actually is going to make a severe dent in their pockets when they can ill afford it,” he said. “George Osborne, I think, would benefit from coming and spending time with us and spending time with our customers.”Appearing before the Commons Treasury Committee yesterday, Osborne was forced to confess he was not a regular customer of the chain. Asked by Labour MP John Mann the last time he bought a pasty there, he replied: “I can’t remember the last time I bought a pasty in Greggs.”Mann retorted: “That kind of sums it up.”
A pair of beavers will be heading to a new home in North Essex as part of a pioneering natural flood management scheme for East Anglia.It is hoped the Eurasian Beavers will improve biodiversity and help to reduce local flood risk as part of a new approach to flood prevention at the historic Spains Hall Estate, just upstream of the picturesque village of Finchingfield.The Environment Agency is working in partnership with Spains Hall Estate, the Essex & Suffolk Rivers Trust, Essex Wildlife Trust and others, with funding from partners including the Anglian Eastern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC).The whole story will be captured in a documentary series, due to be screened next year, overseen by renowned wildlife filmmaker Russell Savory for independent film company Copper Productions.The beavers will have a territory covering 4 hectares, with plenty of trees to get their teeth stuck into and a boundary fence helping to keep them safe. Beavers have not been found in Essex for 400 years since they were hunted to extinction, although they have been reintroduced in small numbers in other parts of the country in recent years.A second element of the project will involve man-made natural flood management measures being introduced on a separate strand of Finchingfield Brook at Spains Hall Estate. As well as helping to slow the flow after heavy rain, the scheme should also create wetland that will slowly release water in drier periods.Spains Hall Estate owner Archie Ruggles-Brise said he was excited to welcome the beavers to the estate, home to his family for 250 years.He said: We have experienced first-hand the disruption caused by flooding in Finchingfield so we are excited to be able to contribute to this novel approach to reducing flood risk, an undeniable public good. The added attraction of being able to pit nature against man to see who ‘does it better’ will be a rare chance to learn and adapt our approach. We hope the project will also focus a spotlight on our little corner of rural North West Essex, a hidden gem normally only enjoyed by those in the know. We are keen to welcome more people to the area so they can see for themselves what they might be able to do back home. Essex & Suffolk Rivers Trust chairman Andrew Davies said: Notes to editorsHunted to extinctionThe Eurasian Beaver is a large semi-aquatic native mammal that was once widespread throughout Britain. They were hunted to extinction by the beginning of the 16th Century for their meat, fur and scent glands.The species was reintroduced into parts of Scotland since 2001 and earlier this year a pair were released into the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, an event attended by Environment Secretary Michael Gove through a partnership with the Forestry Commission and Natural England.Keystone speciesBeavers are a ‘keystone species’ – playing an important role in wetland ecology by creating ecosystems that provide habitats for many other plant, insect and mammal species. Few other animals, aside from humans, have the ability to so drastically modify and shape their surrounding environment.For this reason beavers are often referred to as “ecosystem engineers”. Beavers are well known for their ability to fell trees to dam shallow watercourses and create pools to make them feel safe.The associated wetlands, interconnecting beaver canals, coppiced woodland, glades and deadwood provides rich and diverse habitat for an abundance of wildlife including plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.For more details visit the project web page www.spainshallestate.co.uk/nfm_beaversContactFor Environment Agency East Anglia press office please contact (24 hours): 0800 917 9250 Essex County Councillor and RFCC member Simon Walsh said: This project brings river improvement through Natural Flood Management, betters the river environment for many other species and by raising the profile of beavers, educates us all. It achieves many of our objectives as a Rivers Trust. It is a very exciting project for us to be involved with. Working with Government, other conservationists and a forward thinking landowner to reduce flood risk in Finchingfield is an ideal opportunity for Essex Wildlife Trust. But the partners that eclipse us all are surely the beavers; natural engineers of our freshwater environment that we hope will trigger an explosion of biodiversity in their wake. The Environment Agency’s Matt Butcher said it was a “pioneering” project for East Anglia. He said: Natural Flood Management provides many opportunities to explore innovative solutions for local flood risk concerns. Working with nature, we can often achieve successful outcomes to better protect people and property from flooding, whilst at the same time improving the environment for wildlife. Beavers are renowned for felling trees and building dams and to use them for natural flood management is really exiting, as not only are more properties protected from flood risk, but animals once lost to the British countryside are being re-introduced in lowland Britain. Darren Tansley, river catchment co-ordinator for Essex Wildlife Trust, said: Natural Flood Management can be a great way to reduce flood risk for communities where traditional flood defences are not appropriate. Introducing leaky dams along Finchingfield Brook should slow the flow and reduce flood peaks downstream whilst improving habitat in this fantastic landscape. The beavers bring another exciting dimension, as we can assess how effective they are at creating amazing new wetlands and as flood engineers.
Perpetual Groove has announced a show in New York City as part of their 2019 Fall tour. The Athens, GA-based improvisational rock quartet will hit Gramercy Theatre on Saturday, October 12th.The band will be touring in support of their recently-announced self-titled album. The release of Perpetual Groove will mark the band’s first full-length release since 2009’s Heal, as well as the first LP featuring the group’s classic lineup of guitarist Brock Butler, keyboardist Matt McDonald, bassist Adam Perry, and drummer Albert Suttle since 2007’s LIVELOVEDIE. The band’s forthcoming album was recorded in 2018 at studios in North Carolina and Georgia, and was produced by Jason Kingsland and Tim Friesen.With the release of Perpetual Groove, the band will hit the road for a robust 2019 tour. In addition to their show in New York City, the band will crisscross the country, hitting markets in the South and East Coast, as well as a run through Colorado.Perpetual Groove will be out on all streaming platforms on Friday, May 17th. The band will also release the album on CD, and, for the first time ever, they will release music on vinyl.Tickets to Perpetual Groove at Gramercy Theatre go on sale this Friday, April 5th at 10:00 AM, but a pre-sale is running NOW using the password VIBES on Live Nation. For full event info, see below.Date: Saturday, October 12th, 2019Artist: Live For Live Music Presents: Perpetual GrooveVenue: Gramercy Theatre – 127 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010Tickets: $25 Advance / $30 Day Of Show
Jennifer Mudge and Matthew Perry in ‘The End of Longing'(Photo: Helen Maybanks) MCC Theater has announced its 2016-17 season. The off-Broadway lineup includes a reworked version of Matthew Perry’s The End of Longing, which previously premiered in London, and a one-woman show by Neil LaBute starring Judith Light.The season kicks off on September 6 with LaBute’s new play All the Ways to Say I Love You with Light center stage. Leigh Silverman will direct the show, which follows a high school English teacher and guidance counselor as she recalls her experiences with a former student. Performances will run through October 9.Next up is Ride the Cyclone, a musical by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell. The show played the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in November and follows a group of high school chorus members involved in a fatal roller coaster accident. Performances will run from November 3 through December 18; Rachel Rockwell will direct.Following a run at the Royal Court Theater in London, Anna Jordon’s Yen will make its New York premiere beginning February 2, 2017. The play, directed by Trip Cullman, follows two brothers whose solitary lives are disrupted when their neighbor takes an interest in their dog (named Taliban). It is scheduled to run through March 12.The season concludes with Perry’s The End of Longing, running from May 18, 2017 through June 24. The Friends alum will also reprise his performance in the show, which follows four people in a Los Angeles bar whose lives become irreversibly entwined after one raucous night. The Lindsay Posner-helmed production ends its West End run this week on May 14.Additional casting for the four productions will be announced at a later time. The End of Longing View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 1, 2017
As students head back to school this autumn, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents and specialists will be heading back to class as well.Seventeen agents and specialists have been selected for the 2019-2020 UGA Extension Academy for Professional Excellence, an internal leadership development program.The program is designed to teach leadership skills to early- and mid-career UGA county Extension agents, state specialists, and personnel from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Ultimately, the training is an effort toward fulfilling UGA Extension’s mission of helping Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent, and environmentally responsible individuals.”Programs such as Extension Academy allow us to prepare the next generation of leadership within our organization,” said Lauren Griffeth, UGA Extension leadership specialist and organizer of the academy. “We hope that participants graduate from this experience feeling engaged, empowered and equipped to better serve UGA Extension.”In September, the newest cohort of Extension Academy participants will gather in Athens, Georgia, for the first of three leadership institutes. Each three-day institute will offer intensive personal and professional development training facilitated by the CAES Office of Learning and Organizational Development.Clark MacAllister, an Extension Academy graduate who serves as county Extension coordinator and agriculture and natural resources agent in Dawson and Lumpkin counties, said his time in Extension Academy made him a more productive and confident leader.“Extension Academy helped expand my leadership capability by allowing me to examine my behaviors and how I react to different scenarios,” MacAllister said. “By better understanding my own leadership style, I have strengthened my relationships with coworkers and members of my community.”This year’s Extension Academy participants are:Audra Armour, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Wilkes CountyJoel Burnsed, county Extension coordinator and agriculture and natural resources agent, Walton CountyChelsey Davis, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Lumpkin CountyAngie Daughtry, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Candler CountyLauren Dye, 4-H agent, Elbert CountyBecky Griffin, community and school garden coordinator, Georgia Center for Urban AgricultureBrennan Jackson, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Jones CountyCarole Knight, agriculture and natural resources agent, Bulloch CountyBrittani Lee, 4-H agent, Cobb CountyLisa Pollock, 4-H agent, Grady CountyWes Porter, state specialist for irrigation, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, UGA Tifton CampusBrittany Teets, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Rockdale CountyKeishon Thomas, family and consumer sciences agent, Bibb CountyKim Toal, agriculture and natural resources agent, Fayette CountyTy Torrance, agriculture and natural resources agent, Grady CountyAshley Witcher, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Cherokee CountyFor more information on UGA Extension’s impact in Georgia, visit extension.uga.edu.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc today announced that the Federal Trade Commission has closed its investigation concerning GMCR’s tender offer for Diedrich Coffee, Inc. With this closure, all necessary approvals of the tender offer under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 have been obtained. The tender offer is scheduled to expire at midnight, New York City time, on Monday, May 10, 2010, and is not expected to be extended further.The Board of Directors of Diedrich Coffee has recommended that Diedrich Coffee stockholders tender their shares into the tender offer. Questions and requests for assistance regarding the tender offer may be directed to the Information Agent for the offer, Okapi Partners LLC, toll-free at (877) 274-8654.BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as financial advisor to GMCR on this transaction and Ropes & Gray LLP is serving as its legal advisor.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully’s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics coffee and Timothy’s World Coffee®. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of licensed roasters, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s Coffee and Timothy’s. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certified™ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.gmcr.com(link is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Forward-looking statementsCertain statements contained herein, including GMCR’s intention to complete the proposed acquisition, are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. The “safe harbor” set forth in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, does not apply to forward-looking statements made in connection with a tender offer. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual events or results could differ materially from those stated herein. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, GMCR’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, GMCR’s success in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully’s and Timothy’s wholesale operations and capacity into its Specialty Coffee business unit, GMCR’s success in introducing new product offerings, the ability of lenders to honor their commitments under GMCR’s credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the At Home and Away from Home businesses, the impact of the loss of major customers for GMCR or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, GMCR’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risks described more fully in GMCR’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations as of the date of this press release, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. GMCR does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.Additional InformationThis press release is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, any securities. The tender offer to purchase shares of Diedrich Coffee common stock referenced in this press release has been made pursuant to a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, containing an offer to purchase, a form of letter of transmittal and other documents relating to the tender offer (the “Tender Offer Statement”), which GMCR and Purchaser filed with the SEC and first mailed to Diedrich Coffee stockholders on December 11, 2009. Security holders of Diedrich Coffee are advised to read the Tender Offer Statement, because it contains important information about the tender offer. Investors and security holders of Diedrich Coffee also are advised that they may obtain free copies of the Tender Offer Statement and other documents filed by GMCR with the SEC on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov(link is external). In addition, free copies of the Tender Offer Statement and related materials may be obtained from GMCR by written request to: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Attention: General Counsel, 33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, Vermont 05676.Source: WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–5.10.2010
The Ninth Annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference will take place on June 10, 2011, at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. The full-day conference will feature 19 workshops from introductory sessions for those exploring the idea of employee ownership to technical sessions designed for those in established employee-owned companies. Sessions include: · An introduction to employee ownership· Leadership in Employee-Owned Companies· Forming a worker cooperative: Start-Ups and Conversions· Avoiding ESOP Problems and Pitfalls· Basics of business valuation· Healthcare, Wellness and Safety in Employee-Owned CompaniesThe conference is designed for business owners and employees interested in bringing employee ownership to their companies; members of existing employee-owned businesses; economic development professionals; bankers, accountants, attorneys and financial planners; and anyone interested in employee participation or sustainable business models.This year’s opening plenary will feature the stories of some of the latest companies in Vermont to choose employee ownership, including Vermont Aerospace, a manufacturing business based in Lyndonville that recently become 100% employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and PT360, a new physical therapy practice that is organized as a worker cooperative. We’ll hear what led company leaders to choose employee ownership, and what differences they expect it to make to their way of doing business. The event brings together some of the most sought-after expert professional advisors and consultants from around the country. It also draws dozens of representatives from Vermont’s employee-owned companies. Attendees will learn how those companies made the transition to employee ownership and navigated the challenges along the way.Full conference details and online registration are available at www.veoc.org(link is external). For more information, call 802-861-6611 or email [email protected](link sends e-mail). About the VEOCThe Vermont Employee Ownership Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering employee ownership. The Center’s goals are to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain local ownership of businesses and the jobs they support, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities. VEOC works directly with owners interested in selling their business to their employees, employee groups interested in purchasing a business, and entrepreneurs who wish to start a company with broadly-shared ownership. For more information, visit www.veoc.org(link is external).
The rich maritime heritage of Lošinj, with an emphasis on the recent Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj, was presented in Ljubljana on March 15, 2018 with the presentation “Spring in the sign of cycling on Lošinj”.In the vicinity of Makalonca, located in the very center of Ljubljana, on the river Ljubljanica, a presentation was held on the destination offer of the island of vitality and the upcoming world cycling competition. As they point out from the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board, thanks to the excellent cooperation of the Slovenian MTB Trbovlje and local Lošinj stakeholders, including the City and the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board, a unique extreme bicycle race Mercedes – Benz Mountain Bike World will be held on Lošinj from 19 to 22 April 2018. Cup Lošinj. Thus, three hundred competitors from countries around the world will compete in an extreme unique cycling race – this is the first case of competition in the World Cup through the urban area of Veli Lošinj, with the goal on the coast.By the way, we know very well that Slovenians are among the most numerous guests in Croatia, and the reason why this promotion took place in Slovenia is the fact that Lošinj is the island with the most Slovenian guests, who achieved a record number of overnight stays and arrivals last year. The director of the Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj and a member of MTB Trbovlje, Sebastjan Zmrzljak, praised the cooperation between the Slovenian MTB Trbovlje and the Croatian club AK Lošinj. “We expected a lot of organizational work, but the World Cup will certainly be something special for the people of Lošinj as well as for the competitors, considering that an extremely technically demanding track awaits them. According to previous information, we can expect a large number of Slovenian competitors. The biggest websites that represent cycling are interested in announcing this event precisely because of the uniqueness of the race and the very conclusion of the track, which is controversial for some because it is on the waterfront, which is the first time in the World Cup. World champions Loic Bruni, Miranda Miller and others have already trained on the track. ” Zmrzljak pointed out.In addition to an interesting sports offer, Lošinj can also offer its visitors a rich maritime heritage displayed through a year-round museum and festival offer. Nevertheless, Lošinj was the only place on the eastern Adriatic where sailing boats for regattas were specially built, which were also used for excursions and fishing. From these pasara, the national class of L-5 sailboats was created, designed by Anton Martinolić from Lošinj. Precisely on the basis of old photographs showing regattas of pasara in the port of Malološinj, two Lošinj regatta pasara were made according to the original designs. As part of the presentation, the famous Lošinj regatta pasara sailed down the Ljubljanica and introduced all spectators and passers-by to the Lošinj maritime world. The director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Dalibor Cvitković, commented on the excellent cooperation between the Croatian National Tourist Board in Slovenia and the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board. “For years, Slovenian guests have been the most frequent visitors to the island of Lošinj. They are especially important in the periods before and after the season because they record the largest number of arrivals, precisely because of the offer that Lošinj offers them in those periods. 26% is the share of Slovenian guests in overnight stays, and last year there was an increase in overnight stays and arrivals from the Slovenian market. We would like it to stay that way, that is, for that data to increase this year. We hope for a good response in the coming period, given the prepared events in the pre-season on the island of Lošinj. ” Cvitkovic concludes.Also, many visitors had the opportunity to taste Lošinj’s delicacies performed by top chefs Melkior Bašić and Zlatko Belužić and with sommelier Kristijan Merkaš. The musical performance of the Lošinj klapa Čikat also contributed to the original experience.Related news:LOŠINJ HOTELS & VILLAS INTRODUCES DIRECT AIRLINES FOR LOŠINJTHE WORLD CUP IN DOWNHILL ON LOŠINJ IS AN IDEAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE ENTIRE KVARNER REGION AS A BIKE FRIENDLY DESTINATIONMALI LOŠINJ IS BUILDING A TOURIST YEAR STEP BY STEP, NOT A SEASONATTITUDES AND CONSUMPTION OF TOURISTS ON LOŠINJ TOMAS 2017